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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars (Dark Horse)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Graphic novel edition (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593073119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593073114
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up–In the introduction to this collection, J. W. Rinzler writes about the weekly Friday meetings with writer/director George Lucas and the concept artists of the movie The Revenge of the Sith. In those preproduction meetings, Lucas would toss around ideas and the artists would come up with visual representations. Although Lucas liked many of the concepts, he did not believe that all of them fit into his movie, so 10 of the artists use these pages to show off their styles and imaginative Star Wars scenarios, providing readers with intimate views by some of the key creators of a galaxy far, far away. The artists were given free reign to explore all aspects of the Star Wars universe; each tale offers a glimpse into or new twist on that galaxy. The emphasis is on art and character origins. The graphics range from gothic-looking watercolors to bright and dazzling paintings. The book is in full color, but there is a tendency toward dark, muddy hues and bright red highlights. Not just for fans of the movies, this compilation is an excellent resource for readers interested in how ideas, artwork, and printed material come together.–Erin Dennington, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA
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Gr. 7-10. Ten of the artists who worked on the new Star Wars movie, The Revenge of the Sith, use these pages to show off their own artistic styles and imaginative Star Wars scenarios. Erik Tiemens presents a moody watercolor with gothic hints. Derek Thompson's tale is wordless but carries a strong and haunting narrative. Ryan Church utilizes a full page for each of his images. Although the volume is in full color, there is a tendency throughout toward muddy tones and fire-red highlights. The full story of the Siths isn't revealed, of course, but this is more than a simple movie promo. There's enough story value to hold interest before, during, and after fans see the film. Because the contributors work for Lucasfilms or Industrial Light & Magic, the book can also serve as an excellent resource for readers interested in how movie scenarios and printed material share author roots and narrative connections. Francisca Goldsmith
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More About the Author

An accomplished writer, M. Zachary Sherman has penned comic scripts for Marvel, Radical, Image, and Dark Horse and is currently working on AmericaÂ’s Army: The Graphic Novel based on the popular video game (which he also wrote), Earp: Saint for Sinners at Radical as well as the second book in is SOCOM: SEAL Team Seven trilogy. Besides comics, ShermanÂ’s work has expanded over many platforms, ranging from video games like Rogue Warrior and SAW, feature film work and commercials. He attributes his visual writing style to having worked as a Digital Effects Artist at such companies as Industrial Light and Magic on films like the new Star Wars trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Chronicles of Narnia. For RadicalÂ’s Shrapnel, he called upon his military background as a United States Marine to put a level of realism into the mix of sci-fi /combat action.

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Out of the entire book one chapter kinda stinks.
Amethyst Ed
There are a few other stories that just make no sense like the story about the artist who kinda, sorta, not really saves Padme from something we never see.
zombie phreak
The stories were very enjoyable & added well to the Star Wars saga.
Frank J. Gesuele

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst Ed on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I saw this Trade Paperback in my local Comic Shop and realized it is a book of short stories that grew out of artwork that was "cut" from Episode 3.

Darth Maul. Grevious. Luke. Obi Wan. Wookies. And tons of fantastic Art. Out of the entire book one chapter kinda stinks. The Wat Tambor story kinda reminded me of Cheech Wizard or something. Not waht I thought Wat was going to look like in comics...

But thats it. The rest of the stories are fantastic! Loved the book. If you are a fan, and waiting patiently for Episode 3, this is a taste of things to come.

Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nir085 on April 4, 2005
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Old Wounds - My favorite tale (tale, not section). But whatever happened to Maul's origins? Was there a reason he came returned looking like the infamous Kalee more than the infamous Sith Lord? For a book that had Maul on its initial cover for multiple months, I would have hoped that there would be at least a little bit more meat on this skeletal tale. Also, isn't this story somewhat revealing?

The Artist of Naboo - Not my cup of tea, this kind of work, but it would seem like a soothing drink for those who do appreciate the sort of art shown here.

Wat Tambor and the quest for the sacred eye of the Albino Cyclops - Hmmm. What can I say here. It's....interesting? Seems like something that will appeal to the Star Wars Tales audience. Me? I would have rather seen Wat Tambor being beaten senselessly by his own goons. He simply doesn't come across as a character worthy of some mystical journey. Then again, I should keep in mind that it is a Star Wars Tales type of tale. There's nothing sacred about a Confederacy [pawn].

Sithisis - The artist could have made it more clear as to whether or not the Sithisis fits in to the Star Wars timeline, and, if it does, then where. Great little Sith story nevertheless. Dialogue was not at all missed in this story and only made it cooler.

Entrenched - I liked it. But even with that opinion in mind it begs the following question: why is there a Hoth story in a work supposed to be centered around RotS? A story about Mon Mothma's son could have been appropriately placed before A New Hope, which could have shown some of the reasoning behind her becoming an Alliance leader in the first place. The seamless Hoth tie-in with its respective ending was neat, but not the best context, in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ikeng on February 17, 2011
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Sure the art was awesome! But besides the story about the origin of General Griveous (which is still too short) there's not much storyline to offer in this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Ocean on April 25, 2005
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I have just read my Visionaries book and I would like to say that I 100% agree with everything nir085 says about the stories and the artwork.

The book is definately worth buying if you are a fan of Star Wars and the good stories make up for the ones that are not so good.
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By Cat Mayo on August 24, 2010
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This is a must for the Star Wars nerd in all of us! If you love all the stories that coincide with the rest of the saga, you ought to check out this book, it's a collection of several comics based on stuff in the films. It's worth a look if you really like Star Wars.
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By Frank J. Gesuele on January 4, 2007
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The stories were very enjoyable & added well to the Star Wars saga.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on November 14, 2012
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There really isn't much in this book that makes it want you to pick it up and read it.

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***

Sure we get a story about Darth Maul fighting Obi-Wan on Tattooine after his legs have been cut off and he now has mechanical legs. Later we get a story about the Trade Federation going to the wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk and the wookiees deciding to fight them. There are a few other stories that just make no sense like the story about the artist who kinda, sorta, not really saves Padme from something we never see. Seriously he doesn't really save her so much as just stalks her and obsesses over her.

There are other stories that are really just pointless like Palaptine fighting one of the giant worms from the Avengers movie, the head of the Techno Union Guild starring in what looks like a Tex Avery cartoon, and a story that looks like it belongs in Heavy Metal and stars what looks like an armored Larfleeze from the Green Lantern comics.

The only GOOD story in this comic is where we see that Mon Motha had a son that was stationed on Hoth and was killed during the battle. That actually fits into continuity and does make sense, however in the timeline we are told this comic takes place outside of the Star Wars continuity so they aren't really part of the saga.

***END SPOILERS*** ***END SPOILERS*** ***END SPOILERS***

What was the point of making this comic to begin with? It's not part of Star Wars continuity so nothing in this book actually happened and it's all just basically fan fiction.

This honestly isn't worth buying for anything other than the artwork, and the one good story from Hoth. Give this one a pass unless you can pick it up deeply discounted.
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